55th Annual School Social Work Conference

Come to Utica, New York!

“Promoting Balance and Wellness in Our Students, Families & Schools”

October 24 & 25, 2019

The New York State School Social Workers’ Association is pleased to announce our upcoming 55th Annual State School Social Work Conference on October 24 & 25, 2019.  In an effort to reach School Social Workers from other parts of the state, we will be holding our State Conference at the Doubletree of Hilton Hotel in Utica, New York.   We are also changing the format slightly to begin Thursday morning and allow for some evening relaxation for our attendees.  (See Schedule of Events.)

Our Conference Chairperson, Wendy Castiglia-Amato, with Tricia Zupan (our treasurer) and their committee have been working tirelessly, to put together a great lineup of clinical experts.  See  Final Conference Program.   (Remember to print and bring a copy with you to the conference.)   Click here for more Conference Details.

Some Conference Highlights:

Opening Keynote:   “The Evolving Student:  Increasing Diversity and Inclusiveness Through Empowerment”  by  Dr. Mark Montgomery

General Session:   “The Perfect Storm: Addictive Behavior and the Developing Brain.  Understanding Adolescent Vulnerability to Addiction and the Impact on Development”  by  Dr. Danielle Bronk

Closing General Session:   “Social Media Risks for Child Exploitation:  Strategies for children and adolescents”  by  Chris Smith (Investigator) & Dr. Adam Morris


Click Here for Full Schedule of Conference Rates .

Full & Associate Member:       Full Conference:  $350           Thursday Only:  $225            Friday Only:  $225
Retired & Student Member:   Full Conference:  $300          Thursday Only:  $200            Friday Only:  $200
Non-Member:                             Full Conference:  $450           Thursday Only:  $300           Friday Only:  $300

Current NYSSSWA Members who sign in with their membership email address will be provided reduced membership conference rates as noted above. BE SURE to use the email account associated with your NYSSSWA account with 123SignUp. If the system doesn’t recognize your email, try another one to see if your account  is under a different email.  You can always go into your profile and make contact information edits later.   Contact Member.Services@nyssswa.org if you need assistance.

Non-Members:  We would like to invite you to join NYSSSWA and support the work we do to promote and assist School Social Workers in the State of New York.   You can register for the conference AND become a NYSSSWA Member for less than the Non-member rate.     You will be given an opportunity to join NYSSSWA as part of the Registration process.  Then as a NYSSSWA member, the  Conference Rates will automatically adjust to the member rate still saving you an additional $15

Register Today!

Avoid $50 Late Fee:  Register by October 11, 2019!

Cancellation Policy:  There will be a $25 administrative fee for any cancellations prior to October 11, 2019. This must be in the form of an email sent to Member.services@nyssswa.org. After October 11, there will be no refunds.


Click Here to access conference handouts/powerpoints.  Please download/print and bring to the conference.  Also remember to bring the Conference Program  and Schedule of Events for your reference.


New York State School Social Workers’ Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0057

In order to receive CEUs, you must register and pay, sign in and sign out as well as complete the Workshop Evaluations.  Certificates are released individually so will not be available prior to verification of all components is complete.  Since this is a multi-step manual procedure, please allow time for processing.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Utica

102 Lafayette St.
Utica, NY, 13502

“This Utica Landmark since 1912 has been fully renovated with today’s amenities while preserving its vintage charm. Walk to famous restaurants, coffee shops, the Stanley Theatre, Utica’s Adirondack Bank Memorial Auditorium and more. We’re close to the North-South Arterial, Amtrak station, and just ½ mile from exit 31 on I-90 making us perfect for business travelers.

Our welcome begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie. Settle into a spacious guest room with complimentary WiFi and enjoy a 49-inch HDTV, fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and desk with chair. We have many options including corner rooms with beautiful views, suites with large work areas, and studio suites with whirlpool tubs. This historic hotel was built to last, our guests enjoy the quietest comfortable night’s sleep thanks to the amazing stone and brick walls from 1912.”

Hotel Policies  Standard cancellation policy for individual guest rooms is 48 hours prior to arrival date to avoid penalty. Cancelling within 48 hours of arrival will result in cancellation fee of 100% of first night’s rate.

Reservations:  The Hotel Reservation deadline to receive the conference rate of $124 expired on September 25, 2019.  If you are still seeking accommodations, please contact the hotel directly for current rates and availability.
Phone: 315-724-7829  (Be sure to mention NYSSSWA.)
Reservation Online LinkClick Here

Send checks to: NYSSSWA,  264 Rider Road, Clayville, NY  13322
Fax Number:  (315) 624-1266, Attn:  Tricia Zupan

NYCDOE Vendor Number:  NEW668575

Conference Tutorials:

Here are a few tutorials to assist you:

Utica Photo Credit:  Jmancuso of English Wikipedia
Hotel Photos provided by the Doubletree.